Once upon a time, there was a movie that was going to be the first of a new wave of fairy-tale inspired tales headed to the cinema ball in 2012. It had two good looking people in it, dressed like they were headed to a Matrix convention and armed like steampunk Rambo’s. Many proclaimed that it could be ridiculous fun.
Then it suddenly got yanked from the ball and grounded for a year (for a rather silly reason), but Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is now finally preparing to come out and play again. Only, it’s no longer looking as fun as it is just plain ridiculous.
Fifteen years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.
I understand that despite the family friendly nature of this trailer, that the film is going to be rated R, but jeez has it caught a severe case of Abraham Lincoln-itis. Lighten up a little guys. You’re in a movie where somebody has a crossbow with dual heads which fire in opposite direction of each other and 90 degrees to the direction you’re actually aiming. Just because. If that’s not an invitation to have some fun with a concept, then nothing is.
Also, it looks like the fetishist siblings have traded out witches for horrible VFX as their primary foe. Horrible VFX and bad dialogue. Jeremy Renner sounds like he recorded this while attending his dog’s funeral.
I really like both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and the concept is rather intriguing, but this looks like some Van Helsing-like badness. I’m probably just going to see it for the after-credits scene where Samuel L Jackson asks Hansel to join the Avengers.
Last Updated: September 5, 2012